Politics

Trump’s Media Pals Are Busy Creating a Left-Wing ‘Threat’ to Balance Out the Awful Racist Right-Wing Hordes That Threaten Civil Society

In these dark days, an intergenerational warning is in order: Antifa folks, be wary. They are coming for you.

Some of us have seen this movie before. In my generation, when I was a teenage member of MSU’s SDS in the late 1960s, I remember the guy who was always yelling, Kill the pigs, and encouraging us to burn down the ROTC building on campus. In later years, I heard from old SDS colleagues that when they sued the police, they learned that the outspoken guy was a police officer and his friends were informants.

For my dad’s generation, the right-wing takeover of a protest movement happened in Germany generations ago, so most Americans don’t even recognize Marinus van der Lubbe’s name. But the Germans remember well that fateful day 84 years ago: 27 February 1933. And many of them are looking at the confrontations in our streets and worrying.

It started when the government, struggling with questions of its own legitimacy and the instability of its leader, received reports of an imminent terrorist attack. Historians are still debating whether the terrorist was a mentally incompetent young man manoeuvred into place to take the fall for the crime, or was an actual communist ideologue (of limited intellectual means and probably schizophrenic; that seems to be one thing most agree on).

But the warnings of investigators were ignored at the highest levels, in part because the government was distracted; the man who claimed to be the nation’s leader had not been elected by a majority vote and the people claimed he had no right to the powers he coveted — via AlterNet.org

Entertainment

Terry Pratchett’s unfinished novels destroyed by steamroller

The unfinished books of Sir Terry Pratchett have been destroyed by a steamroller, following the late fantasy novelist’s wishes.

Pratchett’s hard drive was crushed by a vintage John Fowler & Co steamroller named Lord Jericho at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, ahead of the opening of a new exhibition about the author’s life and work.

Pratchett, famous for his colourful and satirical Discworld series, died in March 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

After his death, fellow fantasy author Neil Gaiman, Pratchett’s close friend and collaborator , told the Times that Pratchett had wanted whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all — via The Guardian

Design

A Harley-Davidson dealer handed this 2016 Harley-Davidson Street 750 over to Austria-based NCT Motorcycles, with a mandate to rework it into a raffle prize for the upcoming 20th annual European Bike Week — via Bike EXIF

Wildlife

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is excited to announce the 23 May birth of a Pallas’s Cat kitten. The kitten’s birth marked the second live offspring ever produced with artificial insemination in Pallas’s Cat — via ZooBorns

Art

Geometric Pattern: Circle / Red Wolf

Geometric Pattern: Circle: Pink/Purple (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Geometric Pattern: Circle: Blue/Green (Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Geometric Pattern: Circle: Red/Orange (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Design

This 1980 BMW R100 RT rolled into Willie Knoll’s Clutch Motorcycles workshop as a 1980s tourer, and left as a classy, pared-down street tracker. In the metal, you’ll probably first notice the flip-flop Daytona Paradise paint, which changes colour with the light — but there are plenty of other subtle details that shine — via Bike EXIF

Art

Geometric Pattern: Nested Cubes / Red Wolf

Geometric Pattern: Nested Cubes: Aqua (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Geometric Pattern: Simple Nested Cubes: Grey (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Geometric Pattern: Nested Cubes: Orange/Red (Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Geometric Pattern: Nested Cubes: Blue/Green (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Art, Entertainment

Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining / Red Wolf

Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining: Orange/Red ( Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining: Purple/Green (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Art

Pastel Flower Patterns / Red Wolf

Pastel Multi Flower Pattern (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Pastel Blue Flower (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Pastel Green Flower (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Pastel Red Flower ( Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Pastel Purple Flower (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Design

This Norton Atlas has all the goodies you’d normally see on one of Reinhard Neumair’s racers, with one notable exception—it meets Germany’s strict TÜV laws. That’s because the owner wanted a race replica that he could also ride on the streets — via Bike EXIF

Art

Fruit Icons / Red Wolf

Raspberry (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Blackberry (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Orange (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Orange Slice (Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Apple (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Design

BARC Architects were asked by their clients, a professional couple with a love of architecture and interior design, to create a family house that was simple yet bold, would encourage outdoor living and maximise their garden views. The exterior of the home, which is located in Plymouth, England, is a mixed palette of cedar, black zinc, stacked slate and white painted render — via CONTEMPORIST

Wildlife

The Minnesota Zoo is excited to welcome a new male Puma kitten, named Landslide, to their Medtronic Minnesota Trail exhibit — via ZooBorns

Design

Architecture studio tenfiftyfive have recently completed an addition to an old heritage house in Melbourne, Australia — via CONTEMPORIST

Technology

In fight for free speech, researchers test anti-censorship tool built into the internet’s core

When the Chinese government wanted to keep its users off Facebook and Google, it blocked the entire country’s access to the US companies’ apps and sites. And when citizens started using third-party workarounds — like Tor, proxies and VPNs — to get around those blocks, it moved to quash those, too.

So a handful of researchers came up with a crazy idea: What if circumventing censorship didn’t rely on some app or service provider that would eventually get blocked but was built into the very core of the internet itself? What if the routers and servers that underpin the internet — infrastructure so important that it would be impractical to block — could also double as one big anti-censorship tool?

It turns out, the idea isn’t as crazy as it might seem. After six years in development, three research groups have joined forces to conduct real-world tests of an experimental new technique called refraction networking. They call their particular implementation TapDance, and it’s designed to sit within the internet’s core.

In partnership with two medium-sized US internet providers and the popular app Psiphon, they deployed TapDance for over a week this past spring to help more than 50,000 users around the world access the free and open internet — the first time such a test has been done outside the lab, and at such a large scale.

The researchers announced the test in a paper presented at the annual USENIX Security conference earlier this week.

In the long run, we absolutely do want to see refraction networking deployed at as many ISPs that are as deep in the network as possible, said David Robinson, one of the paper’s authors, and co-founder of the Washington-based tech policy consulting firm Upturn. We would love to be so deeply embedded in the core of the network that to block this tool of free communication would be cost-prohibitive for censors  — via CBC

Design

Karles Vives and his crew at Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles have based their latest project on a 1999 Kawasaki W650.

This is the Fuel Catalina GP, says Karles. It’s a real desert sled motorcycle, like the Triumphs people used to ride in the American deserts—or on Catalina Island in the 60s — via Bike EXIF

Design

Architect Ramon Esteve has recently completed this modern house that sits on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, in an area full of woodlands and pine trees — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

Jetsons House in Miami, Florida dates from 1949, the work of tropical modernism exponent Rufus Nims and no doubt picking up the Jetsons name because of those futuristic curves. If this is your dream house, the asking price is $1,875,000 — via Wow Haus

Politics

Chap behind Godwin’s law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: ‘By all means, compare them to Nazis’

Mike Godwin, creator of Godwin’s law, has rescinded his own rule for those outraged by vile fascists marching the streets of Virginia, USA, at the weekend.

In other words, it’s OK to call these un-American white supremacists exactly what they are: By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis. Again and again. I’m with you, Godwin said on Sunday evening.

Godwin’s law states that as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one. The unofficial extension of this is that the first person to bring up Hitler automatically loses the argument.

Godwin created the aphorism in the early 1990s, when he was the first in-house lawyer for the EFF. It was created partly as a humorous aside on bulletin board behaviour and partly as an exercise in mimetics and to encourage people to read more history. More than 20 years later it’s still cited online.

In the wake of white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, which left one protestor dead and 30 injured, Godwin has, at least in this case, suspended his own law – or, rather, granted permission to break it. This comes after a plea from a fan online for him to respond to the scenes of fascists in America’s streets — via The Register (UK)

Design

Omega has launched the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Commander’s Watch Limited Edition at an event in London in order to commemorate Bond’s long use of the Seamaster in films, as well as its long relationship with the Commander.

The Commander’s Watch Limited Edition is technically identical to other Seamaster 300M Diver’s watches, with a 41mm case, and Omega calibre 2500 movement with co-axial escapement. The chief difference is in the colour scheme, with a strap and bezel that reflects the colours of the ensign of the British Royal Navy. The bezel is blue ceramic with a Liquidmetal scale, and the dial is white ceramic. Pricing in steel price is CHF 4650, and in gold, CHF 28,000 — via Hodinkee

Wildlife

Five fluffy Cheetah cubs made their public debut this week at Australia’s Monarto Zoo.

Born in March to mother Kesho, the cubs immediately began exploring their new environment after bonding with Kesho in a private den for about three months.

One of the cubs is a male, and the other four are females — via ZooBorns

Design

The small manufacturer from just outside Stuttgart was a major force in racing in the 60s and 70s, but went out of business in the early 80s. Things are now looking up again for Kreidler. A bicycle manufacturer acquired the rights to the name a few years ago, but there’s now a motorcycle division too — with a range centred on some very funky-looking 125s aimed at the huge European youth market.

Kreidler has now called in mountain biker and extreme sports TV presenter Niels-Peter Jensen to provide input into its designs. NPJ has always been a keen motorcyclist. Jensen’s mission is to make Kreidler cool again and bring back the quality.

The first shot in the war is a limited edition called the Dice CR-125i NPJ Edition, priced at a very favourable €3,300 (US$3,750). That’s well under the sticker of even a Yamaha TW200, and Kreidler sold its entire stock of 99 NPJ Editions in just two days — via Bike EXIF

Design

This modernist property in Atlantic Beach, Florida dates from 1973, the work of architect and author William Morgan for himself and his family. It is now up for sale for the very first time — via WowHaus

Entertainment

Martin Scorsese on Framing / Blank on Blank

Sometimes when it all comes together … you become the film you’re making — Martin Scorsese in 1990, as told to TJ English.

In this new episode we have a previously unheard conversation with legendary director, Martin Scorsese, on how he’s framed his movies and his life. The early foray into making a movie as a kid, toying with becoming a priest, and where his parents fit into all this. And wouldn’t you like to see a Scorsese Western? Enjoy! — via Youtube